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Creamy Crockpot Tomato Soup

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Talk about a delicious, rich tomato soup that is as healthy as it is creamy! This recipe will make enough for leftovers that will last the week. The soup is prepared in a crockpot and is made using herbs, tomatoes, Roman cheese and chicken broth. It can be served as part of the main meal and also enjoyed with a variety of other foods such as garlic bread, corn bread or kids personal favorite: grilled cheese sandwiches!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs thyme
  • ¼ C of fresh basil
  • 1 C of finely chopped carrots
  • 1 C of finely chopped onions
  • 28 ounces of whole, ripe and plum tomatoes
  • 1/3 C grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus an optional cheese rind
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 3 1/2  C of reduced sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Pour the tomato juice into the crockpot and place on the low setting. Crush the tomatoes and add them to the cooker. Add the vegetable broth as well as the chicken pieces. Finally, add the cheese, basil, thyme and other spices.

Cover the soup and let it cook for a couple of hours. After about 5 to 6 hours, the flavors will blend nicely and the vegetables will get soft. Remove any cheese rind in the soup and then blend until smooth.

Easy Crockpot Pesto Chicken

Categories: crockpot, dinner, easy recipe

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Kelley Grant is a contributor on Work it Mom, and owner of The Grant Life

We’ve all made resolutions for the new year but now it’s more important to think about how we can stick to them throughout the coming year. One of the most common resolutions is to get healthy and lose weight. It’s a great resolution to have but you need to have a plan in place in order to succeed. One of the easiest ways I have found to stick to a healthy diet is to put myself on a meal plan. It’s so simple and yet makes such a huge difference in the end. Which is why I’m going to share an easy recipe that is both healthy and meal plan worthy.

I absolutely love crockpot meals because they are easy and quick.  This pesto chicken is no exception.  A little prep work up front and you have a delicious meal waiting for you at the end of the day.  To make your own you will need:

  • Chicken loin or 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of pesto
  • 1 can of chicken broth plus one can of water
  • Potatoes or other veggies, if desired

Take your fresh chicken and cover it in the pesto.  Put it in a ziplock baggie and freeze it.  When you are ready to cook it add the frozen (pesto covered) chicken to the crockpot along with your veggies and chicken broth.  Use your chicken broth can and add an additional can of water.  Set it on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.  Scoop it all out of the crockpot and enjoy!

Another great perk of crockpot cooking is that the smell fills the entire house.  Sometimes I worry during the middle of the day about dinner, and then the smell wafts in and I remember I have a delicious meal in the crockpot.  Plus, any fat on the chicken tends to melt off in the crockpot making it and even healthier choice!  Easy, health and delicious.  This crockpot pesto chicken has it all!

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